In 2011, Media and Documentary Projects (MDP) officially became a partner with the College of Liberal Arts, Center for the Study of Southern Culture (CSSC) and the Meek School of Journalism and New Media. MDP continues to produce promotional material for the university while expanding its teaching and documentary filmmaking roles.
For CSSC, the formal partnership seems a natural.
“This is great news for our program,” said Ted Ownby, professor of history and director of the CSSC. “It makes it easier to accomplish the center’s mission to investigate, document, interpret and teach about the American South.”
Many students come to college wanting to make films, Ownby said, and he is excited by the potential for this partnership to serve those students.
MDP director Andy Harper is thrilled with the new partnership.
“When I took over Media and Documentary Projects eight years ago, my goal was to find an academic home from which to tell stories of the people and traditions around us,” Harper said. “With the cinema minor and the documentary track in Southern studies, this puts us in a position to teach and train students to do just that.”
In addition to Harper, the MDP staff includes filmmakers Joe York, Matthew Graves, Rex Jones, Mary Stanton and Karen Tuttle.